The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville held its 37th annual prayer breakfast at the Expo Center of the Crowne Plaza Resort on Jan. 13. More than 1,000 attendees packed the room for the event, which was founded by Oralene Anderson Graves Simmons, who also served as this year’s keynote speaker.
Sanders Family Christmas marks SART’s homecoming production. The musical is the sequel in Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s bluegrass gospel trilogy, Smoke on the Mountain. The show launches Tuesday, Dec. 14 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 23.
Martha Skinner’s latest exhibit, Living Section: Retrospective of my Fertility will open Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University.
The 50th edition of the annual festival runs Oct. 2-7 on and around the campus of Mars Hill University.
SART alum, musician, actor and playwright Randy Noojin is bringing his one-man, multimedia musical, Hard Travelin’ with Woody, to the SART stage from Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30, at Owen Theatre.
From the Ani Katuah to white settlers and tobacco farmers, barns and buildings have played a central role in defining the culture of the Southern Appalachians. Shelter on the Mountain: Barns and Building Traditions of the Southern Highlands traces the evolution of local building practices.
The exhibit, “Family Vacations I Have Never Taken,” will be featured at Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery, Feb. 16-March 9.
Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary founder Nancy Brown and Mars Hill professor Scott Pearson talk about wolfdogs — how they evolved from wolves, why they need protection and how they can be better appreciated through understanding their nature and instincts.
Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery will host the exhibit “drift: [know no borders]” Wednesday, Oct. 26-Sunday-Sunday, Nov. 20. Works by artists Donna E. Price and Elisa Treml’s make up the collection. The exhibit also marks Treml’s first time to both Western North Carolina and the United States.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival celebrates its 49th year of championing and preserving Southern Appalachian traditions at Mars Hill University on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Coloring intricate designs is helping adults unplug from daily life relieve anxieties, but calling the activity “art therapy” isn’t quite accurate.
Free screenings at UNC Asheville, Mars Hill and the West Asheville Library, plus the Boone Film Festival extends its submission deadline.
Oralene Simmons founded Asheville’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast in 1982 for residents of the neighborhood surrounding the Montford Recreation Center. It quickly grew into an Asheville tradition that’s still going strong as Simmons plans this year’s 35th community commemoration of Dr. King’s life and legacy.
Madison County fiddler Roger Howell is the subject of “A Mighty Fine Memory: Stories and Tunes from the Fiddler of Banjo Branch,” a new documentary film that debuts Saturday, Oct. 3, at the annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival in Mars Hill.
Xpress speaks with local railroad historian Steven Little ahead of his theatrical performance based on the life of the “railroad convict” Thursday evening at Mars Hill University.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features singer and guitarist Dulci Ellenberger’s debut solo effort, the 10-can percussion troupe’s upcoming collaboration with composer Andy Smith and a kid-friendly introduction to computer programming by inventor Dan Alich.
Fiddler Roger Howell has recorded 532 traditional fiddle tunes from memory — the growing collection is housed in Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Archives. But that’s not the only way that the local musician’s history is being honored. A documentary about Howell’s role in preserving mountain music in Western North Carolina is being created by […]
Working in collaboration with Housing Authority residents and the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation, a group of Mars Hill University undergraduate social work students will spend a semester interviewing and filming public housing tenants before assembling their footage into a short film. The idea is to increase a sense of connection in a city where public housing communities are physically and socially isolated.